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A Brief History Of Back Hair Removal -- And Introducing The BaK Blade 2.0

Photo by Michael Gilman

Back hair is bitch. It’s uncomfortable, embarrassing, sweat-inducing and a confidence killer that almost no guy wants to be covered in.  Equally as important, it’s not a big turn-on for potential partners. So, how do us gents rid ourselves of this hirsute burden?  Well, there are a bunch of different methods for manscaping the flip side.  But, before we tell you about them (and in particular, the awesome, new BaKblade 2.0), here’s a brief history of back hair removal.

  • For millions of years, there was no acceptable solution. Cavemen would have loved to have a back hair trimmer, but hey, they hadn’t even designed a working wheel yet.  If you were hairy backed back in the hieroglyphics days, a guy could only grunt, mash his three or four teeth together and tough it out. At least he stayed a tad warmer when fire wasn’t available.

  • Hundreds of thousands of years passed and then, at some point, waxing became an option. While this is still very much a viable method when done by a professional (we do thousands a year in our spas), it’s not for some of the more timid types.

  • Next, electric trimmers buzzed their way onto the scene and men could use these tools on their backs – even though they were designed for their heads. Guys would ask their brother or mom or partner to shave their back for them. It was seriously embarrassing -- “Hey Ma’, after I do the dishes, can you hustle upstairs and trim my backside?” -- but perhaps less so than hitting the beach with a back sweater.
  • Finally, the back-hair-removal revolution gained serious steam about 15 years ago when a couple of guys got creative and said, “what if we take an electric trimmer and put a really long handle on it so a guy can reach hard-to-reach spots solo. Maybe not Einstein material, but definitely a solid idea. The Mangroomer was born and rocked the back hair scene. It was a party for hirsute dudes, evening the playing field against "smoother" men.

  • But that was just the start. A few years ago, the original BaKblade launched and became the best manual back hair trimmer on the market. No batteries needed. It looked like a giant rake (still does) and a bit goofy, but it provided a painless shave and was super easy to use. Hairy fellas bought 'em like they were going out of style.

  • And now to present day,  where the ultimate Chewbacca-back eliminator has arrived. It’s called the BaKblade 2.0  and we’re as sold on it as much as any company can be sold on a product that removes back hair. The BaKblade team heeded customer suggestions for improving the original and turned the “rake-design” original into a fine-tuned, back-hair cutting machine. The new 2.0 has more bells and whistles than any back trimmer deserves, so if you’re on the market for a back hair trimmer, we recommend starting and finishing here.

Oh yeah, there’s also laser hair removal.  But that hurts like hell and is real expensive. Got anything we missed about the thrilling history of back hair?  Just let us know in the comments.

This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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